"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his tortured characters hints at the ultimate terrors in store for us.
A middle-aged widower, Aoyama, decides to conduct an audition to find his ideal women. He is immediately smitten by Asami Yamazaki, she is quiet and mysterious. Aoyama's friend, Yoshikawa,…
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
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This has been on my horror watch list for a long time. I thankfully didn't know much about the plot specifics going in and I expected a lot of J-Horror insanity and ultra violence. I was pleasantly surprised to find an expertly paced thriller instead. Now there is violence, but it is reserved. Miike spends a long time working up to the reveal. Almost too much time. Just when you start to get lulled into a false sense of security, he reminds you that not everything is as it seems. For the most part, Audition exists in a plausible reality. There are exceptions like the campy ballet teacher and the bag but neither outstayed…
Shown to a group of students on the National Film and Television School's two-year MA course in Film Studies, Programming & Curation.
Subject under discussion: Film and Genre with particular reference to horror.
Don't know much about ovaries
Don't know much biology
Don't know much about a science book
Don't know much about the French I took
But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me too
What a wonderful world this would be
I'm trying to figure out a way to describe this one. This is the best I came up with.
It is kind of like that part in The Wolf of Wall Street when they take the quaaludes and they think their duds but then they realize it was a delayed reaction so that when it hits, it hits hard.
this movie is nothing for the first hour and a half, then it's everything, then after you're done watching you probably won't want to date for a while.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Audition lulls you into a dreamlike sense of false security, then rips the carpet out from under you in the last hour with a horrific turn that leaves you bewildered and sick. Simply put, one of the best horror films of all time, predecessor and influence to countless stomach-churners that followed it (Hostel, The Devil's Rejects), this movie has far more nuance than 'torture porn', and succeeds in a horrible sense of dread that goes far beyond the disgust of physical violence. The viscera is just a mask for the more terrifying demons that lurk in the human psyche.
Aoyama, a widower, decides to hold tests (disguised as auditions for a film) to look for a new wife. As light-hearted…
Film #20/Task #26
A postmodernist film.
This is a very harsh film. You get lulled into a sense of peace for the first half, and then the underlying paranoia and fear creeps in until it's overcome with pure terror. I can't say I liked it, for sure, but it's a good horror movie that I won't soon forget.
Movies that are slightly off.
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.